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When presented with a downward-facing flower, this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) was forced to choose an unusual angle of attack. Seeming defying gravity, this acrobatic butterfly hung upside down as it probed upwards earlier this week at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia.

If this were an Olympic competition, I would give him a 10 for both his technical skills and overall artistic impression.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

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This energetic little Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) seemed to be defying gravity on Monday as it leaned over backwards and pecked away at a small tree growing out of the water at Huntley Meadows Park.

Downy Woodpecker

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It felt good to have my Canon DSLR back in my hands after a week-long trip with only a point-and-shoot camera. After I arrived home from the airport this afternoon, I grabbed my camera and headed off to Green Spring Gardens, a local garden that is one of my favorite places to shoot.

There were only some diehard flowers blooming, but there were quite a number of Eastern Swallowtail butterflies. I watched (and chased) several of them, but the one you see below was my favorite. He attacked this flower from below repeatedly, seemingly defying gravity. It just was not clear to me how he was able to suspend himself in mid-air like that. He must have been hanging on with his feet, though he seemed to be moving them constantly.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly defying gravity

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